KPK set to bring Akil Mochtar to court


Haeril Halim, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Thu, January 30 2014, 8:38 AM

Disgraced former Constitutional Court (MK) chief justice Akil Mochtar will soon stand trial, with Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators saying on Wednesday they had completed their investigation into his case.

Akil’s lawyer Tamsil Sjoekoer said as of Wednesday that the KPK had not yet handed over the investigation dossiers to prosecutors. “The case should be brought to court within 14 days [after the completion of its investigation], but investigators pledged to send it within a week,” Tamsil said.

The lawyer said Akil would be indicted for accepting bribes in connection with election disputes in the Lebak and Gunung Mas regencies and several other regencies. He would also be indicted for money laundering, he added.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi said that other than Lebak and Gunung Mas, Akil also accepted bribes when handling election disputes in Empat Lawang, Central Tapanuli, South Lampung, Morotai Island and Buton.

“Akil might have also accepted bribes regarding the East Java election,” Johan added.

In relation to Akil’s alleged money laundering, the KPK has confiscated from him various assets worth nearly Rp 200 billion, comprising land, houses, vehicles and several safety deposit boxes.

“The number will likely increase as asset tracing is ongoing,” Johan said, adding that most assets seized were under different names.

KPK investigators have previously seized Rp 100 billion in cash, 33 cars, 31 motorcycles, land and buildings in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, paddy fields in South Singkawang and a plantation in Sukabumi, West Java that were allegedly owned by Akil, a former Golkar Party lawmaker.

In relation to the Gunung Mas election, the KPK has indicted Gunung Mas regent Hambit Bintih and the alleged go-between — Golkar lawmaker Chairun Nisa — for allegedly bribing Akil. Their first trial revealed that Akil had charged a hefty price for his services, demanding Hambit pay Rp 3 billion (US$246,588) for the rejection of an appeal filed by the regent’s opponent after the race.

On Wednesday, the KPK also completed the investigation dossiers on the younger brother of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah — Tubagus Chaeri “Wawan” Wardana — and alleged go-between Susi Tur Andayani.

Atut, Wawan and Susi were arrested for allegedly bribing Akil in return for a favorable ruling in a local election dispute for Lebak regency. Following his arrest, Wawan was issued with multiple charges including money laundering.

“He will be tried for the case surrounding the Lebak election dispute only. It will begin around Feb. 18,” Wawan’s lawyer Pia Akbar Nasution said at KPK headquarters on Wednesday.

The KPK is still completing Wawan’s dossiers on the procurement of medical equipment for the South Tangerang and Banten administrations as well as money laundering. On Tuesday, the KPK confiscated 17 luxury vehicles in its investigation of Wawan’s alleged money laundering practices.

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